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Prosecutors won't seek death penalty in Aberdeen slaying should the suspect be convicted


ABERDEEN, South Dakota — Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against Aberdeen murder suspect John Hemminger should he be convicted.

The 33-year-old Hemminger is accused in the death of 26-year-old Jessica Goebel, who died five days after being stabbed in January. He's pleaded not guilty to alternate counts of murder, including premeditated murder.

Both counts carry a minimum punishment of life in prison and the possibility of a death sentence.

The American News reports that prosecutor Chris White said during a Friday court hearing that Goebel's family does not favor the death penalty.

Information from: Aberdeen American News, http://www.aberdeennews.com

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